The electrical switch yard at the Vernon Hydroelectric Station on the Vermont side of the Connecticut River is getting a major equipment upgrade.
National Grid Project Manager Steve Hall says an aging circuit breaker, which contains 765 gallons of oil, will be replaced with a modern device that uses no oil.
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National Grid operates an electrical transmission system in the Northeast. The Vernon dam is owned by TransCanada.
Hall says the work will also result in a better electrical-transmission system and improve reliability.
The breaker that is being replaced was installed in 1961.
The details of the project were outlined this week during a presentation in Vernon.
The Brattleboro Reformer (http://bit.ly/1x6IoVD ) reports that if the Public Service Board approves the project, construction would most likely begin next year.
Information from: Brattleboro Reformer, http://www.reformer.com/